Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act 1

Monday, July 05, 2010

You get them from your doctor. You get them from your pharmacist. You get them from your insurance company and you may get them from your employer. Theyre HIPAA forms. What do they mean? Dr. Edward Hill helps explain in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1996. One portion of HIPAA required Congress to enact privacy legislation that would address:

The ways that patient information can be used and released by health providers

The rights that patients have concerning their information, and

The responsibilities of providers and payers who use and release patient information.

The privacy of your past, present and future health information is protected. All health providers including physicians, hospitals and pharmacies must take steps to ensure you approve of who receives your health information.

For hospitalized patients, general medical information can be disclosed to family members or close personal friends. This can include your name, location in the hospital, general medical condition and religious affiliation. Patients may request to keep this general information private.

You also have the right to view your health information and request that appropriate changes are made. Learn your rights under HIPPA.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.